C-47 D-Day Flight Experience

Farmingdale, NY

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Take to the skies aboard a Douglas C-47 for an authentic D-Day flight experience!

  • This C-47 Warbird flew an actual D-Day mission on June 6, 1944
  • You'll be outfitted in a paratrooper field jacket, helmet and parachute pack
  • Participate in a pre-flight briefing session identical to the one given paratroopers before the invasion of Normandy, and fly with historians and re-enactors
  • Includes 1-day membership for participant and 1 guest to visit the American Airpower Museum!
American Airpower Museum - Farmingdale, NY
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A few dates per year typically around Memorial Day and Labor Day

2021 Dates: June 12 - Select Times

Essential Information
  • Participants must have no medical limitations, and minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Includes 1-day membership for participant and 1 guest to visit the American Airpower Museum. Any additional guests will have to purchase an entrance ticket.
Total experience lasts approximately 2 hours with about 25 minutes of flight time.
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Maximum Participants
The C-47 Warbird can hold up to 10 passengers.
Participant will receive a 1-day membership to the American Airpower Museum and may bring 1 guest to visit the museum on the day of his or her flight experience.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions, no high heel shoes.
Are there any physical restrictions for this flight?
Participants must have no medical limitations to participate.
Can I bring friends to the museum?

You will receive a 1-day membership to the American Airpower Museum and may bring up to 4 guests to visit the museum on the day of his or her flight experience.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
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Once you have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final. No cancellations or rescheduling requests will be allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 10 reviews.
It was awesome I had a great time.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Thomas, This review is awesome and I am glad you had such a great time! We can't wait to get you back up in the sky soon! Best, Brooke
Very good. They tried very hard to make it as realistic as possible.
AMAZING to say the least.
This is a great experience for a WWII buff. It really made me appreciate what a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne had to go through.
I received this experience as a gift. It was a great day for a flight and the C-47 flew like a dream. I'm looking forward to the possibility of hopping on the B-17 in the future. The crew and the re-enactors/historians were knowledgeable and fun. I've spent time with WWII Paratroopers of the 517th PRCT by attending their reunions, and it was a thrill to experience the plane that they trained in and eventually jumped from into combat 70 years ago. It is such a great tribute to their memory to keep the planes flying and the living history alive. I have no complaints about my experience but I do have two suggestions/ideas. Looking at the group that flew with me on that morning, I noticed that most were adults between the ages early 30s to around 60. No young men. I can understand that it might be cost prohibitive for a young person, but from an historic standpoint I think it is important that the younger generation is made aware of the experiences and sacrifices of this country's veterans. I've noticed that many young people have little or no knowledge of WWII and it's significance. Nor do they have any interest. Maybe there could be an offer of father & son/daughter package deals. During pre-flight, the organizers handed out cards with the identity of a real Paratrooper and the destiny of that Paratrooper. We were instructed to hold these cards and not view them until we were back on the ground. I thought this was a great idea. I thought it might be interesting for the guide on the flight to have a more in depth biography of the trooper you are representing. While in flight, the guide could sit across from you and tell you the trooper's history and put you in his boots. For example, the guide could say, "The date is June 6 1944. Your name is Private Timothy Robbins from Reading, PA. You are 18 years old and you are a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. Before the flight you signed insurance papers. It's early in the morning, pitch black, and you've been told you have a one in two chance of surviving. Some of your buddies will perish -- some even before they jump since soon German flak will fill the sky. Tracers are ripping past the fuselage. Engines will slow to jump speed (although some didn't). Soon you will hear the command to "Stand up!" - "Hook up!" - The red light will change to green, and you will run for the door and out into the night sky. You've done this before in training but this time there is live fire and the enemy is waiting for you on the ground. The descent to the ground feels like an eternity. Suspended above the earth you witness a site that only you and those like you will share. This night of nights a young man descends from the sky into one of this country's most historic moments. The destiny of this battle is the destiny of the free world..." Something to put the rider in the moment...then at the end of the flight you could finish the story of the said Paratrooper... and so on. Just an idea. If a youngster could experience the flight and imagine himself in a young Paratrooper's boots 70 years ago, then maybe he will be encouraged to learn more and this most important chapter in history will stay alive. Thanks again. Looking forward to another flight someday.
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